Tue, May 30, 2017 | updated 12:47 PM IST

With Kashmir Valley in agony, people have lost faith in Modi Govt.: Congress

Updated: Jul 24, 2016 13:19 IST      
With Kashmir Valley in agony, people have lost faith in Modi Govt.:  Congress

Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh), July 24 (ANI): Asserting that the Centre needs to re-establish faith and trust with the people of the Kashmir Valley, the Congress Party today set three issues before the government that needs to be fixed with utmost priority to find a solution to the tense situation in the state.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said it is the Centre's direct responsibility to fix the situation as they are also part of the state government in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We have raised three issues. First is the usage of pellet guns on civilians. Those weapons are not used in any civilised society across the globe. So many people have been injured in the Valley and even more have lost their eyesight. We have demanded a complete ban on them," Azad told ANI.

"The second issue is compensation for the kin of the dead and also for the injured people. Confidence building is important right now as the faith of the people in the government has been shattered," he added.

Talking about the third point of concern, the Congress leader stated the Centre needs to tackle the problem of unemployment, which at time is the root of many problems in the valley.

When asked about the Congress' move to boycott the all-party meet convened by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in wake of the unrest in the Kashmir Valley, Azad said, "Six out of 10 districts are still under curfew. In such a situation, the Prime Minister or the Home Minister should have convened a meeting in Delhi where a proper discussion would have been held with the all leaders."

Asserting that Kashmir is in agony and mourning with around 50 people dead and over 3,000 others injured, the Congress leader said this is the first time since independence that a state has faced curfew for this long span of time.

Meanwhile, Rajnath, who is on a two-day visit in the Valley, met top PDP, National Conference and BJP leaders.

He also interacted with the civil society members in an effort to find a way to the latest round of violence in Kashmir.

Rajnath landed in Srinagar at around noon on Saturday, accompanied by a team of senior Home Ministry officials and the DGs of central paramilitary forces.

He met Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti late on Saturday.

Life continued to move at a sluggish pace as curfew and restrictions remained in force across several parts of Kashmir for the 16th consecutive day in view of continuous shutdown call by the separatists and prevailing law and order situation.

Besides curfew in other districts in valley, the restrictions under Section 144 have been lifted in four districts of Baramulla, Bandipora, Budgam and Ganderbal. (ANI)

New Delhi [India] May 30 (ANI): Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday expressed confidence that the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders facing the conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case, will come out unscathed in the CBI court hearing today.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 30 (ANI): Ahead of the crucial Babri Majid hearing, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who are facing charges in the case.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 30 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear the urgent plea filed by IPS officer R. S. Bhagora, who has been convicted in the 2002 Bilkis Bano rape case.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 30 (ANI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will attend the birthday celebrations of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo M. Karunanidhi in Chennai on June 3rd.

Full Story >>

Kejriwal seeks report from Chief Secy over nonpayment of dues

Updated: May 30, 2017 11:52 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 30 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday shot off a letter to Chief Secretary M. M. Kutty, over the non-payment of dues to the vendors who provide medicine to government hospitals.

Full Story >>

Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 30 (ANI): The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday arrested four more accused in the shocking Rampur molestation case, taking the number of nabbed perpetrators to nine.

Full Story >>

Tezpur-Tawang Highway [India], May 30 (ANI): A Red Panda, which comes under the category of endangered animals, accidentally found itself in the inhabited area on the Tezpur-Tawang Highway, and was rescued by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Kishangarh (Rajasthan) [India], May 30 (ANI): As many as six Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel were injured in an accidental mortar blast that took place on Tuesday morning in the field firing range here.

Full Story >>

Chemists to go on nation-wide strike against Centre

Updated: May 30, 2017 11:04 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 30 (ANI): All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists will go on a nationwide strike against the proposal by the Central Health Ministry to regulate sale of drugs through e-portal and implementation of online pharmacy.

Full Story >>

Cyclone Mora: WB fishermen advised not to venture into sea

Updated: May 30, 2017 10:57 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 30 (ANI): The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Tuesday issued an advisory asking the fishermen in West Bengal not to venture into sea for the next 12 hours, as the cyclonic storm Mora has made landfall in Bangladesh and is 'very likely to move north-northeastwards' towards the Indian region.

Full Story >>

I'm not a criminal: Uma Bharti ahead of Babri hearing

Updated: May 30, 2017 10:57 IST     

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 30 (ANI): Ahead of her hearing in the Lucknow special CBI court in a case related to the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Union Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday said that she is not a 'criminal'.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 30 (ANI): A day after former finance minister P. Chidambaram strongly spoke in defence of his son Karti Chidambaram, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy slammed the former, saying that Karti, being a married person with a family, is grown up enough to speak for himself.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 30 (ANI): Before appearing in the CBI court here today where charges will be framed against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case, party leader Vinay Katiyar assured that he will follow the rulings.

Full Story >>

Delhi: IAS officer drowns to death while saving woman's life

Updated: May 30, 2017 10:43 IST     

New Delhi [India], May. 30 (ANI): In a tragic development, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer on Wednesday drowned to death while he tried to save a woman who slipped and fell into a swimming pool.

Full Story >>

South-west monsoon to drench Kerala today

Updated: May 30, 2017 10:26 IST     

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], May 30 (ANI): The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has asserted that South-West monsoon is set to hit Kerala by today.

Full Story >>

Chhattisgarh: Naxals torch bus, oppose development projects

Updated: May 30, 2017 10:26 IST     

Narayanpur (Chhattisgarh) [India], May 30 (ANI): A group of Naxals burned an empty private bus, travelling from Chhattisgarh's Dhanora area to Orchha area, four kilometers away from a police station, in opposition against construction of roads in Narayanpur district.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 30 (ANI): Taking one step more towards making India open defecation-free, the Government today will launch a new campaign called 'Darwaza Band' for promotion of toilet usage in the rural areas across the country.

Full Story >>

Koriya (Chhattisgarh) [India], May 30 (ANI): Chhattisgarh's Koriya Police on Tuesday arrested a groom after the bride filed a complaint against him over dowry demands.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 30 (ANI): Protesting against the online sale of medical drugs, the medicine traders across the state have declared a shutdown of their shops today.

Full Story >>

Beer bar row: Is this the promised 'Ram Raj', Cong asks BJP

Updated: May 30, 2017 09:02 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 30 (ANI): The Congress on Tuesday questioned the intentions of the Yogi Adityanath-led government after Uttar Pradesh Minister Swati Singh's photo of inaugurating a beer bar in Lucknow went viral.

Full Story >>